April 14, 2010


As a rec league soccer coach the past six seasons I can assure you that there are other options than just school-related teams, and so I think that this attempted controversy proves mostly nothing.


But As Don Surber astutely points out, President Obama made the following statement about the incident, which could be very worrisome.

President Obama Sunday seemed to shrug off the brouhaha after he broke with White House tradition and ditched his press pool earlier this weekend to watch one of his daughter’s soccer games.

Prior to Obama’s bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Obama told his colleague, "Apparently I caused quite a problem," adding something about his secretary not telling the Secret Service, according to, ironically enough, the pool report.

Surber notes that Obama made it sound like he ditched the Secret Service to attend a soccer game, unattended, in a rough part of town, leaving himself defenseless against any possible assassination attempt. If that was the case, that would indeed be extremely irresponsible of the President... but I suspect that isn't what occurred.

Despite Hollywood's insistence that member's of the first family can slip away from the Secret Service without really trying, I find it very hard to believe that Obama slipped away from 1600 Pennsylvania without his bodyguards in tow. For starters, what car would he drive?

No, I suspect that Obama's muttered comment about not telling the Secret Service he was going to a game is either a mistake by the Politico writer, or more likely, simply the latest lie by a man serially uncomfortable with telling the truth.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 14, 2010 06:24 AM

And what of the military aide holding "the football"? No, Obama didn't go off alone, nor did he go to a soccer game. The truth WILL out, and we the public likely won't like what we learn.

It's not the crime, it's the cover-up....

Posted by: arb at April 14, 2010 07:36 AM

Who cares? And who should care? No one. This country has bigger problems that are more important than a soccer game.

Posted by: hiscross at April 14, 2010 08:07 AM

Who Cares?
I do. . . two words. . . President Biden.
There are reasons this is not done.
But it is but one screw up in what is now the worst president's long line of screw ups.
Carter must be skipping with glee to know he no longer is the Worst President Alive/Ever.
Or if your minds will allow, think about this occurring with GWB and he disappears with no explanation at all. The one time he did wander off he took a few members of the pool who could be trusted not to blab on a jaunt to Iraq.
Obama claims to have gone to a game no one cane find proof of, in an area that did not have a game that day, but is noted for high crime.
If GWB had done this, we'd not hear the end of the conspiracy theorist's whining, or the media's, or the left's. . . but I'm being redundant.

Posted by: JP at April 14, 2010 10:21 AM

I read somewhere, and I don't remember where, that his daughter's school did not have a soccer game scheduled for that time. And there was a picture of the field, but it was a baseball field that was not set up for soccer (no lines, no goal posts in site - of course for young kids they might use cones and the goal posts could have been the portably kind). If I find the article I will link it.

Posted by: Penfold at April 14, 2010 11:36 AM

Obama's muttered comment about not telling the Secret Service he was going to a game

So you're concluding that the "muttered comment" that wasn't quoted is a lie? How objective of you.

Posted by: g at April 14, 2010 08:59 PM

"How objective of you."

Hear that, guys? You MUST remain neutral regarding Mr. Soetero's credibility, regardless of how mendacious he's been in the past.

Posted by: Nine-of-Diamonds at April 16, 2010 11:07 PM